Adair-Toteff, Christopher. Fundamental Concepts in Max Weber’s Sociology of Religion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Publisher’s Abstract: This book helps explain some of Max Weber’s key concepts such as charisma, asceticism, mysticism, pariah-people, prophets, salvation, and theodicy and places them within the context of Weber’s sociology of religion.

Dale, Gareth. Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critique. London: Pluto Press, 2016.

From the Publisher’s Abstract: Karl Polanyi was one of the most influential political economists of the twentieth-century and is widely regarded as the most gifted of social democrat theorists. In Reconstructing Karl Polanyi, Gareth Dale draws upon primary sources archived in the countries that Polanyi called home—Hungary, Austria, Britain, the United States, and Canada—to provide a sweeping survey of his contribution to the social sciences.

Debaene, Vincent. Far Afield: French Anthropology Between Science and Literature. Translated by Justin Izzo. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Originally published in French in 2010.

From the Publisher’s Abstract: Anthropology has long had a vexed relationship with literature, and nowhere has this been more acutely felt than in France, where most ethnographers, upon returning from the field, write not one book, but two: a scientific monograph and a literary account. In this book—brought to English-language readers here for the first time—Vincent Debaene puzzles out this phenomenon, tracing the contours of anthropology and literature’s mutual fascination and the ground upon which they meet in the works of thinkers from Marcel Mauss and Georges Bataille to Claude Levi-Strauss and Roland Barthes.

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Fagan, Brian M. and Nadia Durrani. A Brief History of Archaeology: Classical Times to the Twenty–First Century. New York: Routledge, 2016. 2nd edition.

From Publisher’s Abstract: This short account of the discipline of archaeology tells of spectacular discoveries and the colorful lives of the archaeologists who made them, as well as of changing theories and current debates in the field. Spanning over two thousand years of history, the book details early digs as well as covering the development of archaeology as a multidisciplinary science, the modernization of meticulous excavation methods during the twentieth century, and the important discoveries that led to new ideas about the evolution of human societies.

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Ishikawa, Hideshi, Josef Kreiner, Ken’ichi Sasaki, and Takehiko Yoshimura, editors. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Origins of Oka Masao’s Anthropological Scholarship, Meiji University, November 27, 2015. Bonn: Bier’sche Verlagsanstalt, 2016.

From the Preface: Oka Masao (1898–1982) is considered the founding father of Japanese ethnology. However, the origins of his anthropological scholarship are not very well known in Japan because he did his graduate study at the University of Vienna and submitted a doctoral thesis in German entitled Kulturschichten in Alt-Japan. Papers presented at the symposium discuss the formation of Oka’s scholarship, his relationship with contemporary European scholars, and academic trends when he was in Europe.

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McGee, R. Jon and Richard L. Warms. Anthropological Theory: An Introductory History. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 6th ed.

From the Authors: In this new edition of a classic text, the authors have added many new essays and extensive historical and contextual information to classic essays from earlier editions.

Mitchell, Joseph. “Man–With Variations”: Interviews with Franz Boas and Colleagues, 1937. Edited and with an Introduction by Robert Brightman. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2017.

From the Publisher’s Abstract: Man—with Variations republishes journalist Joseph Mitchell’s writings on Boas, which weave together interviews with the great anthropologist and his students and colleagues to recount a formative period in American anthropology.

Schiffer, Michael Brian. Archaeology’s Footprints in the Modern World. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2017.

From the Publisher’s Abstract: What is the social value of archaeological research to present-day society? Michael Schiffer answers this question with forty-three case studies from a global perspective to demonstrate archaeology’s diverse scientific and humanistic contributions. Drawing on nearly five decades of research, he delivers fascinating yet nontechnical discussions that provide a deeper understanding of what archaeologists do and why they do it.

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